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Eastern Europe has many fascinating underdog destinations, and Hungary is definitely one of them. Now that they have one of the easiest digital nomad visas available this year, their popularity will likely increase soon, so hurry up if you want to avoid big crowds!
The protagonist of this country is, of course, Budapest, the capital, also considered “The Paris of the East” for its amazing architecture, history, unique activities and beautiful landscapes. The best part? It is not only beautiful, but also an inexpensive destinationand one of the countries in Europe where dollars have a great advantage over the local currency, the guilder.
From traditional spa towns to impressive buildings and special cake competitions where dessert shops and cafes offer their best wares, there’s plenty to do and see in this country in 2023. Here’s a list of the best. 5 reasons why travelers should add Hungary to their travel itinerary:
1) Big hotels opening this year
Where to stay? There are great new options available this year! Travelers can have the perfect opportunity to stay in a luxury hotel for a reasonable price!
Marriott Hotels & Resorts will open three of its new hotels in 2023 in budapest, including an iconic new W Hotel, the W Budapest, right on Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the luxurious St. Regis Klotild Palace with rooms overlooking the Danube River and a spectacular restaurant helmed by chef Wolfgang Puck . In addition, the popular D8 Hotel has just been renovated and the 5-star boutique hotel Verno House opened its doors just a few weeks ago.
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2) Amazing spa towns
Did you know that there are more than 1,300 thermal springs in Hungary? And more than 100 in Budapest! Hungarians love spas and hot springs, and they have amazing towns and spas designed for that purpose. Now that in 2023 more travelers are interested in wellness and relaxing experiences, it is the perfect time to visit these fantastic places.
Travelers will find great options throughout the country. From stunning swimming baths in historic sites with marble balconies like the Gellért Thermal Bath to an incredible cave bath in Miskolc, to a Turkish experience at the Árpád Bath in Szekesfehervar.
3) Incredible museums, monuments and events
The historic Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is definitely a must-see in Budapest. Museum lovers should also explore the Hungarian National Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the House of Terror. Also worth visiting is the impressive Liget Budapest Project and the House of Music. But there are some special events that happen this year, such as:
budapest marathon (October 14-15): A two-day festival where runners from all over the world gather to enjoy this incredible city.
Hungarian cake: (August) Local restaurants and cafes prepare the most delicious desserts in August to win the recognition of the best cake in the country.
The Lions of Budapest: This is the best time for those looking for the perfect Instagram photo in Budapest. Replicas of the guardian lions have been placed in iconic locations throughout the city.
4) The beautiful nature of Hungary
Although Budapest usually gets all the attention, there are other destinations and places to explore. Hungary has beautiful landscapes and lakes. The stunning Lake Balaton is usually a great place to visit for its beauty and wildlife, and tourists also enjoy visiting Lake Hévíz, the largest thermal lake in Europe.
The natural phenomenon of the Salt Hills in Egerszalók is also fascinating. There are only three places like it in the world, and one is in Hungary. The waters contain 30 different minerals, and bathing here is considered a healing experience. Hikers will definitely enjoy the Megyer-hegy tarn with its beautiful mountains and lake.
5) Fun activities and interesting culture
How about spending the day visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion, a 19th century fortress, and then going for a drink in the ruined bars? The Szimpla, a huge bar in Budapest, is one of these popular places known for its mismatched vintage décor and great atmosphere. There is always something fun and interesting to do, especially in Budapest.
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